How to Make a Wood Cheese Board

Free Woodworking Plans from Lee's Wood Projects

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This mini cheese-bread board is perfect for slicing cheese or bread. It can be used for couples to share when when entertaining dinner guests. The mineral oil finish is non-toxic and can be safely used with food items. It comes with a leather strap that can be used to hang the board for storage.

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Technical Information for Making a Wood Cheese Board

A. Materials List:

1 A Cutting Board 3/8" x 4 1/2" x 9 1/2" Olive Wood
2 B Strap 6" Rawhide

B. Patterns:

  1. Print out the cheese-bread cutting board (A) and trace it onto Mylar.
  2. Cut out the pattern with a pair of scissors.

C. Cutting Procedures:

  1. This project will require a 1/2" x 5" x 10" board.
  2. Plane the board 3/8" thick.
  3. Joint one edge straight and smooth.
  4. Use a table saw to rip the board 4 9/16" wide.
  5. Joint the ripped edge until the board is 4 1/2" wide.
  6. Use a radial arm saw to cut the paddle end square with the sides.
  7. Trace the pattern onto the board.
  8. Use a scroll saw to cut out the shape.
  9. Use a spindle sander to smooth out the four outside corners, the two inside corners and the end of the handle.
  10. Place the cutting board on a vacuum frame and use a router with a 3/8" round- over bit to shape the top/outer edges of the cutting board.
  11. Find the center of the handle radius and use a drill press with a 1/4" diameter Forstner Bit to drill the hole.

D. Wood Cheese Board Sanding Procedures

  1. Rough sand the cheese cutting board with an orbital sander and 80 grit sandpaper.
  2. Intermediate sand with an orbital sander and 120 grit sandpaper.
  3. Finish sand with an orbital sander and 220 grit sandpaper.
  4. Hand sand all edges, and rounded areas, with 220 grit sandpaper.

E. Finish Procedures:

  1. Use a tack rag to remove all sanding dust.
  2. Use a rag to apply mineral oil to all surfaces of the cutting board.
  3. Other types of finishes may be caustic and vegetable oil may become rancid.
  4. Allow to dry for 48 hours before using.
  5. Slip the rawhide strap (B) through the hole in the handle and tie the ends in a knot. The rawhide strap can be used to hang the cutting board, if desired.
NOTE: You may want to make about six or more of these cutting boards. They can be used to cut and serve cheese or bread. One for each couple is appropriate when you are entertaining guests.

*Congratulations, your mini bread-cheese board is complete and ready to use.

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